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Hawks, Huskers try to rebound

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IOWA CITY — Both the Iowa and Nebraska women will seek to get the New Year’s Eve celebration started early when the two teams meet today in Iowa City. The Cornhuskers (4-9, 0-1) will battle the Hawkeyes (9-5, 0-1) for the first conference victory of the season. Both teams dropped their ...

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Panthers overcome 3-point woes

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Despite shooting a dismal 17.2 percent from the arc, the Northern Iowa women’s basketball team was able to outlast a fighting Missouri State team to grab its first Missouri Valley Conference win of the year in a 61-54 win on the road Friday. Four UNI players had ...

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Wendell leads Drake past Wichita State

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WICHITA, Kan. — The Missouri Valley Conference’s Preseason Player of the Year started the league slate as a fair representative of the honor. Lizzy Wendell scored a game-high 32 points to lead the Drake women’s basketball team to an 83-78 victory against Wichita State in the MVC opener ...

Hawkeyes win Midlands, crown three champions

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EVANSTON, Ill. — The University of Iowa wrestling team won three individual titles and scored 150.5 points to win the 54th annual Midlands Championships on Friday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. In the team standings, Iowa was followed by Nebraska (135.5), Arizona State (106.5), Rutgers (93), ...

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ISU seeking stronger post production in Big 12 play

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AMES — Iowa State had always planned to lean on its deep and talented backcourt, and hope that its rebuilt frontcourt would hold its own this season. That hasn’t always been the case so far. Iowa State (8-3) has gotten decent production from senior graduate transfers Darrell Bowie (8.5 ...

Cowgirls ride Jensen past Iowa St

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STILLWATER, Okla. — Far from a secret weapon, Oklahoma State’s Kaylee Jensen got hot at the right time for the Cowgirls. Jensen scored 15-straight points for Oklahoma State in the fourth quarter to take her team from down four to up by seven en route to a 71-59, come-from-behind victory ...

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Drake repels late charge, beats Loyola 102-98 in MVC opener

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DES MOINES — De’Antae McMurray had a career-high 24 points and Drake held off a late rally to beat Loyola of Chicago 102-98 in the Missouri Valley opener for both teams on Thursday night. Reed Timmer added 23 points for the Bulldogs (3-10, 1-0), who led from the 11:36 mark of the first ...

Hawkeyes send 5 to Midlands semifinals

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EVANSTON, Ill. — The University of Iowa advanced five wrestlers to the semifinal round of the Midlands Championship on Thursday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena, while Iowa State sent one. Iowa went 5-4 during quarterfinal competition with both top-seeded wrestlers — Thomas Gilman (125) and ...

Brands brothers into Midlands Hall

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EVANSTON, Ill. — Twin brothers Tom and Terry Brands, the head and assistant coaches for the University of Iowa wrestling team, will be inducted into the Midlands Hall of Fame on Friday. The duo combined for 10 Midlands championships as wrestlers and coaches. Tom won the 1990 title while ...

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Gay ex-Drake assistant sues, says she was forced to quit

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DES MOINES — Former Drake assistant Courtney Graham has sued Bulldogs coach Jennie Baranczyk and the university, claiming she was forced to resign after her homosexuality became public. In her recently filed federal lawsuit, Graham alleged that Baranczyk slowly stripped her of her duties as ...

AP PHOTO • Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan (50) tries to block a shot attempt by Iowa forward Cordell Pemsl (35) in the first half of a Big Ten Conference men’s basketball game on Wednesday night in West Lafayette, Ind.

Boiling point

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The primary school of thought when playing No. 15 Purdue is to attempt to contain post players Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas while gambling that the Boilermaker guards won’t make enough perimeter shots to produce a victory. Iowa adhered to that strategy Wednesday ...

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ISU hosts Texas Tech to tip off Big 12

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AMES — The key to getting conference play off on the right foot is to not overlook the Big 12 opener with bigger games looming in the near future. The Iowa State and Texas Tech men’s basketball teams will be in similar situations when they begin conference play against each other Friday ...

Illinois tops Hawkeyes in B1G opener

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In its Big Ten opener, the Iowa women couldn’t stand up to the task. After a physically draining non-conference stretch, the Hawkeyes (9-5, 0-1 Big Ten) fell 70-65 to Illinois on Wednesday afternoon. Megan Gustafson led the way with 21 points for Iowa, more than any ...

AP PHOTO • Northern Iowa’s Hunter Rhodes (21) comes to a jump-stop in the lane guarded by Missouri State’s Ronnie Rousseau III in the first half of a Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball game Wednesday at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls. Missouri State won 68-64.

Bears top UNI in MVC opener

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CEDAR FALLS — Dequon Miller had 17 points, Alize Johnson had a double-double and Missouri State held on to defeat Northern Iowa 68-64 in the Missouri Valley Conference opener Wednesday night after almost squandering a 24-point lead. The Bears (10-4) had a 19-0 run and raced to a 32-8 lead ...

Ex-Panther Washpun signs with Iowa Energy

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DES MOINES — Former Northern Iowa guard Wes Washpun will be making a return home — for the foreseeable future, as he signed with the Iowa Energy on Monday. The Cedar Rapids native played 15 games with MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, Germany, before signing with the Energy. In 2016, Washpun ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Hittner honored by MVC a second time

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Freshman Becca Hittner nabbed the Missouri Valley Conference’s Newcomer of the Week honor after averaging 16 points, 7.5 rebounds, four assists and 1.5 steals per game last week at the Tulane Classic. The Drake University freshman added to her brilliant line shooting ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Grundy Center senior running back Bryce Flater led Class A in rushing yards in back-to-back seasons, accumulating 5,705 rushing yards in his career. Flater’s total ranks 19th all-time in the state of Iowa.

Carrying the load

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GRUNDY CENTER — Bryce Flater knew he wanted to be something special. The Grundy Center football player wanted to start at the varsity level as a freshman. He also knew something like that wasn’t just going to happen. He realized the time and dedication it was going to take. So, he hit the ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior Matt Roeding (5) celebrates the Rebel football team’s second-straight Class A state championship after a 20-19 win against Bishop Garrigan in the Nov. 17 title game at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

YEAR IN REVIEW: Rebels reign in 2016

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It’s been a year. Not a great one, not a poor one, but just ... a year. We lost sports greats such as Muhammad Ali and Arnold Palmer, while a great portion of the country — heck, maybe even parts of the world — rejoiced in the Chicago Cubs finally winning the World Series title that’s ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Bobcat matmen second at Eagle Grove

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EAGLE GROVE — At the 78th Annual Eagle Grove Invite, Reese Hageman and Jordan Fox went 4-0 in their respective weight classes to help the Marshalltown wrestling team to a second-place finish with 199 points. Hageman won by fall against St. Ansgar’s Clay Pierce in 5 minutes, 29 seconds, ...

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • Marshalltown’s Luke Appel (50) goes up for two of his points against Ottumwa Thursday at the Roundhouse. Appel had 13 points in the 65-56 Bobcat win, Marshalltown’s first victory of the season.

Christmas comes early

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In a contest with 17 combined 3-pointers, it was a sequence of plays down low in the third quarter that ended up being the difference in favor of the Marshalltown boys’ basketball team. The Bobcats used the sequence to push a two-point lead to an eight-point advantage, and they never looked ...